PSCI 217 Spring 2015 American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties

How has the American Constitution been debated and understood over time? What is the relationship between constitutional and political change? This course examines the historical development of American constitutional law and politics from the Founding to the present. Our focus is on rights and liberties -- freedom of speech and religion, property, criminal process, autonomy and privacy, and equality. The specific disputes under these rubrics range from abortion to affirmative action, hate speech to capital punishment, school prayer to same-sex marriage; the historical periods to be covered include the early republic, the ante-bellum era, the Civil War and Reconstruction, World Wars I and II, the Warren Court, and contemporary America. Readings are drawn from Supreme Court opinions, presidential addresses, congressional debates and statutes, political party platforms, key tracts of American political thought, and secondary scholarship on constitutional development. Throughout the semester, our goal will be less to remember elaborate doctrinal rules and multi-part constitutional "tests" than to understand the changing nature of, and changing relationship between, constitutional rights and constitutional meaning in American history.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- to 7-page essays, a final exam, and class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course,PSCI American Politics Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3593
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PSCI 217 - 01 (S) LEC American Constitutionalism II Division 2: Social Studies Justin Crowe
MWF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM 3593
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